The Royal Institution


    THE president, Lord Eustace Percy, and Managers of the Royal Institution went direct to the core of old English custom when they invited the members and other visitors, representative of the diplomatic and public services, science, arts, literature, and medicine, to a “House Warming” in Albemarle Street. It was held on May 6, and was largely attended. Fleetwood, in an epistolary of 1577, says, “The shoemakers of London having builded a newe Hall, made a royall feast for theire friends, which they call theire house warming”. Then, Evelyn chronicles, under date Nov. 28, 1661, “I dined at Chiffinch's house-warming in St. James's Park” and in a number of the Spectator for 1712, the following occurs: “I must make the present entertainment like a treat at an house-warming, out of such presents as have been sent me by my guests”.

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    The Royal Institution. Nature 127, 749–750 (1931).

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